Mitchell Johnson and Kumar Sangakkara are amongst the nominees for the ICC cricketer of the year award. No Englishman made the cut, but Gary Balance and Ben Stokes have been nominated for the emerging cricketer of the year award.
The full list of nominees is as follows: Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year:AB de Villiers, Mitchell Johnson, Angelo Mathews, Kumar Sangakkara; ICC Test Cricketer of the Year: Mitchell Johnson, Angelo Mathews, Kumar Sangakkara, David Warner; ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year: Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn (SA); ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Corey Anderson, Gary Ballance, Jimmy Neesham, Ben Stokes.
Hamilton on the war path
Lewis Hamilton says the collision with Nico Rosberg in Belgium earlier this season inspired him to wage ‘war’ on his Mercedes team-mate. Hamilton has won five races in a row to put him on the cusp of his second F1 title, and says the incident with Rosberg, which he believed was deliberate, has spurred him on.
He said: I had those four early wins [from Malaysia to Spain] and then there was a bad patch from Monaco onwards. And then Spa was like, ‘I’m going to turn this up. I’m going to have to turn this up. This means war’, that kind of feeling. Reflecting on it, I took that energy and turned that negative bomb into a positive.”
Rodgers: Changes not a gamble
Next, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has defended his decision to rest a host of players for their 1-0 defeat against Real Madrid last night. The Reds boss had one eye on his side’s clash against Chelsea this weekend, says it wasn’t a gamble to change seven players including captain Steven Gerrard.
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I didn't see this as a big showcase game where I had to play the so-called names," said the Liverpool boss. "It might have seemed a gamble but for me it wasn't."
Warburton gunning for Australia scalp
Finally Wales captain Sam Warburton has issued a rallying cry ahead of his side’s showdown against Australia this weekend. They’ve lost their last nine tests against the Wallabies, and the 26-year-old insists there’s nothing stopping them from claiming the win.
"It's not a psychological barrier," said 26-year-old. "The first time I came into the squad was on the back of beating them in 2008, so you always have the belief."